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Ote Center Building

1-1-3, Otemachi


Tokyo, 100-8115


Phone: 81 3 6701 1000

Fax: 81 3 6701 1005

Kuraray Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of fibers, resins, chemicals, high performance materials, and medical products. The company operates in three segments: chemicals and resins segment, fibers and textiles segment, and high-performance materials, medical products, and others segment. Chemicals and Resins Segment The company’s primary products in the chemicals and resins business are based on vinyl acetate, isoprene, and methyl methacrylate (MMA). The company’s principal product offerings through its chemicals and resins segment include: Kuraray Poval; Mowiol; Kuraray Poval film; Exceval; Ethylene-viny acetate copolymer emulsion; Mowital; Eval; New EVOH barrier resin Septon; Hybrar; LIR, Isobam; Thermoplastic polyurethane Aroma chemicals and cosmetics Pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical intermediates Industrial cleaner; Industrial alcohols, diols; Methyl methacrylate; Methacrylic resin Methacrylic resin sheets; Methacryl synthetic marble PET resin; and Resin and rubber finished goods products. The company’s isoprene-related products include polymers, such as liquid isoprene rubber and the elastomers SEPTON and HYBRAR, in addition to monomers, such as aroma chemicals, pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical intermediates, and raw materials for chemical products. Methacrylate-related products are used in living spaces, such as transparent and weather resistant resins and sheets, and synthetic marble with excellent workability and durability. Poval Resin: Polyvinyl alcohol fiber is used in various applications, including use as a fiber-sizing agent, an adhesive, a paper-processing agent, a raw material for butyral, and as polarized film for LCDs. Butyral Resin: Kuraray markets polyvinyl butyral resins under the trade name MOWITAL. Major applications are anticorrosive coatings, printing inks, ceramic binders, and inter-layers for shatterproof laminated safety glass for automotive and architectural glazing. Poval Film: Utilizing poval’s transparency, dyeability, anti-static properties, stretchability, and molecular orientation, it is used as a base for the polarized film needed in LCD manufacturing. It is used in LCD televisions and other LCD devices, as well as increasing screen size. Water-soluble film, employing poval’s most significant characteristic—its water solubility—is used in curved-surface printing applications. EVAL (Food packaging): EVAL has the highest gas impermeability of any plastic. When used as a food packaging material, therefore, this resin is extremely effective at preventing the passage of oxygen, and therefore at preventing oxidation and deterioration of the contents. Its applications include food packaging material. EVAL (Other applications): EVAL is used to make plastic fuel tanks, where its high gas impermeability protects the environment by preventing volatilized gasoline from leaking into the atmosphere. In addition, EVAL is used in wallpaper and similar applications because of its resistance to soiling. Acrylic Resin and Sheets (General purpose): Methacrylic resin’s transparency and weather resistance are among the highest of any plastic. It is used in lighting fixtures, signboards, construction materials, aquaria, and automotive applications. Optical-Use Acrylic: The Company is offering its products with light guides and diffusion plates for LCD devices, opto-screens and antireflection front plates for rear-projection televisions, and other high-performance, optical components. SEPTON: With the elasticity of rubber and as moldable as plastic, the thermoplastic elastomer SEPTON is used as a substitute for vulcanized rubber and polyvinyl chloride in electronics materials, construction materials, tools, stationery, toys, and various other applications. HYBRAR: Kuraray has developed thermoplastic elastomer, based on SEPTON technology but with shock-absorbing properties. This material is used in sporting goods, and auto parts. Isoprene Specialty Chemicals: The company’s FineTop industrial cleaner is a safe and easy-to-handle cleaner with a host of industrial uses, and has excellent detergent properties. Aroma Chemicals: The comp


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